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8.6.2 Web Authorization Framework

Whenever any part of the web framework wants to perform some action on the buildmaster, it should check the user's authorization first.

Always check authorization twice: once to decide whether to show the option to the user (link, button, form, whatever); and once before actually performing the action.

To check whether to display the option, you'll usually want to pass an authz object to the Jinja template in your HtmlResource subclass:

         def content(self, req, cxt):
             # ...
             cxt['authz'] = self.getAuthz(req)
             template = ...
             return template.render(**cxt)

and then determine whether to advertise the action in th template:

     {{ if authz.advertiseAction('myNewTrick') }}
       <form action="{{ myNewTrick_url }}"> ...
     {{ endif }}

Actions can optionally require authentication, so use needAuthForm to determine whether to require a 'username' and 'passwd' field in the generated form. These fields are usually generated by the auth() form:

     {% if authz.needAuthForm('myNewTrick') %}
       {{ auth() }}
     {% endif %}

Once the POST request comes in, it's time to check authorization again. This usually looks something like

     if not self.getAuthz(req).actionAllowed('myNewTrick', req, someExtraArg):
         return Redirect(path_to_authfail(req))

The someExtraArg is optional (it's handled with *args, so you can have several if you want), and is given to the user's authorization function. For example, a build-related action should pass the build status, so that the user's authorization function could ensure that devs can only operate on their own builds.

The available actions are listed in see WebStatus Configuration Parameters.